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Carlo Ancelotti Hints at Clean Slate for Isco at Real Madrid Amid Transfer Rumours

By Amreen
Isco has been linked with an exit from Real Madrid
Isco has been linked with an exit from Real Madrid / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that Isco will be given a clean slate at Real Madrid following a summer of transfer speculation.

Isco struggled for playing time under Zinedine Zidane, making just eight appearances in 25 LaLiga games last season. His limited game time promoted rumours of an exit, but Ancelotti insisted he wants to make the most of the 29-year-old's abilities.

The newly-appointed Los Blancos boss told Real Madrid TV: I've really enjoyed finding those two things: the quality among the youngsters, many of whom I didn’t know very well, and, above all, the hunger and commitment from the likes of [Dani] Carvajal, Nacho, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez and Isco, who’ve won it all in recent years and still have great desire, excitement and hunger to have a good season, which is what we’re all looking to do."

Madrid have been linked to a number of players this summer, with Kylian Mbappe reportedly their top target. David Alaba signed on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, and Ancelotti, who previously worked with the Austrian said: "He’s a strong all-round player with a lot of quality. He’s also very smart in terms of defensive tactics.

"I played him at centre-back in my last few games at Bayern and he did very well. He played at left wing-back and has a lot of experience and is very smart. He’s capable of playing in both positions and has even played in central midfield for Austria. He’s a strong all-round player who I’m sure will have a really good season."